Hank Williams: Songwriter to Legend

Hank Williams: Songwriter to Legend


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Songwriter to Legend is an essential addendum to the Complete Hank Williams box set, as it collects a bevy of songs that Williams wrote but did not record in the studio. Williams had a good sense of quality control and did not give away his best material, so there are no forgotten masterpieces among these recordings. But there are some worthwhile tracks, particularly Red Sovine's recording of "You're Barking Up the Wrong Tree Now" and Braxton Shooford's "Rockin' Chair Daddy." In addition to these "lost" songs written or co-written by Williams, there are ten tributes recorded after his death by such artists as Marvin Rainwater, Ernest Tubb, Johnnie & Jack, and Jimmie Skinner, as well as Kitty Wells' "answer" song, "My Cold, Cold Heart Is Melted Now" and Rex Griffin's 1939 version of "Lovesick Blues," which served as the template for Williams' recording. As a dubious bonus, there is a "mystery bonus track" with an unidentified artist relating tales of Williams' shortcomings to the tune of "The Battle of New Orleans." Fascinating.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/1998
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127162861
catalogNumber: 16286

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Clark   Guitar
Jimmie Davis   Track Performer
Little Jimmy Dickens   Guitar,Leader,Track Performer
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
George Morgan   Guitar,Track Performer
Ray Price   Guitar,Track Performer
Carl Smith   Track Performer
Red Sovine   Track Performer
Kitty Wells   Track Performer
Sonny Smith   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Marvin Rainwater   Track Performer
Ernest Tubb   Track Performer
Molly O'Day   Banjo,Guitar,Track Performer
Johnnie & Jack   Track Performer
Johnnie Wright   Bass,Leader,Vocals
Owen Bradley   Piano
Lynn Davis   Vocals
Jack Drake   Bass
Dickie Harris   Steel Guitar
Eddie Hill   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)
Buddy Killen   Bass
Jerry Rivers   Fiddle
Curley Williams   Track Performer
Jimmie Logsdon   Guitar,Track Performer
Jack Anglin   Guitar,Vocals
Harold Carmack   Piano
Jimmy Rollins   Guitar
Smitty Smith   String Bass
Artie Glenn   Bass
George McCoy   Steel Guitar
James "Jimmie" Selph   Steel Guitar
Rex Griffin   Guitar,Track Performer
Rome Johnson   Track Performer
Floyd Robinson   Rhythm Guitar
Cochran Brothers   Track Performer
Jimmy Swan   Guitar,Track Performer
Tony Lane   Steel Guitar
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano
Ted Brooks   Guitar
Big Bill Lister   Track Performer
Joe Knight   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Owen Bradley   Producer
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Don Law   Producer
Fred Rose   Producer
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Discographical Information
Kevin Coffey   Liner Notes
Lynn Russwurm   Illustrations
Paul Cohen   Producer
Robert Gentry   Illustrations

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